Yogashakti Yoga Center director Mokshapriya Shakti began her yoga practice in 1970, developing experience with hatha yoga as the centering modality was experiencing a spike in popularity in the United States. Mokshapriya used her wealth of knowledge to lead an accredited yoga course for high-school students in Miami, learning how to awaken young people to the benefits of yoga before establishing Yogashakti Yoga Center in New York. At the studio, Mokshapriya taps her teaching know-how to create a curriculum that accommodates beginner, intermediate, and experienced students from all walks of life, from childhood to advanced age. Bolstered by a duo of certified instructors, Mokshapriya helps students unify their mind, body, and spirit animal through uplifting hatha-style yoga classes, emphasizing proper alignment and meditative self-reflection during gently paced sessions.
With a plethora of features under one roof, the Central Queens Y prides itself on providing an enjoyable place for adults and families to spend quality time and enrich their lives. Within their five-story, 35,000 square-foot space, the health and fitness center boasts amenities such as an exercise studio for fitness classes, a full-court gymnasium for basketball games, a 25-yard heated pool for swimmers, and a “Body Shop” fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment. The club is also host to a variety of kids pursuits. In addition to sports, camp, swimming, and dance programs, children can also enroll in pre- and after-school programs. Apart from fitness, social and recreational programs through the senor adult center, as well as an immense Jewish library, are available to patrons.
Pilates is for everyone. This is the idea behind Spencer Pilates Arts, where students of all abilities and ages study the fitness method made famous by Joseph H. Pilates. The method consists of exercises that strengthen the core, tone muscles, and even lengthen the body for those who don't have rubber bones. Originally used by dancers and acrobats due to its many benefits, it's now employed by a wide range of fitness instructors. One of those instructors is Spencer Baker, who started out incorporating Pilates exercises into his job and now shares the core-strengthening method with his members at his center.
Shape Up Ladies Fitness Center provides a curve-sculpting sanctuary for women of every age, body type, and fitness level. Each group class fosters noncompetitive vibes as torsos stretch across Pilates mats or shimmy to salsa beats. The gym area's strength machines have all been engineered to suit feminine physiques, and cardio gear such as treadmills and recumbent bicycles welcomes calorie-burning sessions. The center offers free and fully supervised childcare from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, enabling moms to perfect Zumba steps without their child's unnecessarily harsh critiques.
Green walls surround students as they breathe deeply while moving through yoga poses in a heated studio. Atop sleek hardwood floors, instructors lead 90-minute classes designed to improve their students’ posture, balance, and concentration. Hot-yoga classes preheat muscles to prevent injuries caused by stretching, help bodies detox by increasing sweat production, and restore athletes energy so they are more likely to be compared to battery-powered bunny drummers.
Suncycle Studios fills its boutique, three-tiered studio with a hoard of stationary bikes waiting to experience euphoric moments of unbridled spinning during one of the studio's many adrenaline-fueled cycling classes. Those looking for a combo workout can experience the faux peaks and valleys of indoor cycling juxtaposed with strength training in the 60-minute spin/kettlebells class, and former rhythmic gymnasts can show off their skills by flinging a kettlebell into the air and catching it with the palm of their foot. Attend 60-minute cardio blast to work toward a leaner physique, or mold muscle bags in the 60-minute spin/sculpt class, which incorporates free weights for a heart-racing workout. Check out the schedule for a complete list of available classes and times.